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a possibility of bomb could have downed the russian airliner. the mystery deepens as the white house continues tightened security for u.s.-bound planes. family feud. george h.w. bush, the new biography unleashed harsh words about his son's presidency and dick cheney and donald rumsfeld. jeb is caught in the mild. a kidnapping solves by the victim himself. 13 years after the fact, how a teen when he was applying to college, made the shocking discovery he had been taken as a boy. >> a new weight loss pill showing great promise melting dozens of pounds away without surgery. how it works. "nightly news" begins right now. >> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with lster holt." >> good evening. president obama is confirming with government sources have been telling us, the possibility that a bomb brought down that
egypt's sinai peninsula. the white house also today said it is now considering security changes for some international flights coming into the u.s. so far, only the u.s. and britain have publically raised the possibility that the crash was an act of terror, with russia and egypt saying it's too soon to know. conflicting information that's bringing little comfort to air travelers. tonight, our team is on the ground where the doomed flight began. bill neely leads our coverage. >> reporter: they found no evidence of a bomb, but the president believes terrorism could have caused this. >> i think there is a possibility that there was a bomb on board. and we're taking that very seriously. >> reporter: if a bomb was the cause, it was almost certainly put on the plane here at sharm el-sheik airport. they questioned security, seized
egypt says this is one of the safest airports in the world checked regularly by western expert whose found no gaffes in security this year and gave it the all-clear, but the head of the airport has just been fired. investigators found worker weren't being checked properly, leaving the russian plane perhaps vulnerable. the airbus was on the ground here for an hour. in that time, cleaners, caterers and baggage loaders were in it or beside it. police and maintenance crews had access to the plane with minimal checks in pitch darkness before it took off, exploding around 20 minutes later. >> we cannot be certain that the brought down by a terrorist bomb, but it looks increasingly like it. >> reporter: intelligence officials say known isis supporters were heard talking about downing the plane just after it crashed. isis has claimed the
attack twice. egypt's president in britain today doesn't agree, believing the bomb theory isn't based on fact. britain is flying its tourists out of egypt, so worried it's not allowing them to check in bags. russians returning to the city where most passengers were from. their deaths still unexplained. no one is ruling out technical fault. russia, like egypt, is kicking against the bomb theory saying leave it to the investigators. lester? >> bill neely in egypt. thanks. >> rightht now, it would appear to be gathered intelligence that raised american suspicions that the plane was blown from the sky, but physical evidence will ultimately tell us if it was a bomb and where it was planted. was it in the cabin? a piece of luggage? maybe a drink cart. our tom costello reports how investigators are trying to piece together clues as the u.s., meantime, considers new security measures for certain
flights bound for the u.s. >> reporter: tonight, the possibility that terrorists smuggled a bomb on to the metrojet plane has u.s. homeland security considering new screening procedures for u.s.-bound flights originating overseas. >> currently the obama administration is reviewing a number of different steps we can take to enhance security for bound to the united states from certain foreign airports. >> reporter: veteran investigators say if it was a bomb, there should be forensic clues. pitted or stretched metal surfaces, soot residue or scorch marks and signs of hot gas streaking across the plane's skin. >> you want to look for passengers with a lot of shrapnel in a particular area or a lot of shrapnel-type damage in a particular area of the airplane. >> reporter: holes punching out through the fuselage, but what caused the explosion? on a separate tail section, no obvious scorch marks. 19 years ago, investigators found no explosive evidence while examining the wreckage of twa 800.
they later determined static electricity had set off an explosion in the center fuel tank, but in the pan am 103 investigation, a tiny circuit board fragment was the clue to determining a bomb had gone off in the cargo hold. the devastating consequences of a bomb demonstrated by this faa test video. the damage catastrophic. so was it a bomb that brought down metrojet? >> without an analysis of the forensic evidence, it's almost impossible to say if this was terrorism, a bomb plot, a missile or anything of the sort. >> reporter: many experts say it's very possible the crash was caused by a mechanical failure, perhaps metal fatigue. u.s. airlines do not fly into, out of or over the sinai but do fly in and out of cairo. if homeland security requires increased security overseas, it's possible that could apply to passengers, luggage
>> tom costello in washington. thank you. >> to a fascinating private family drama that broke wide open today. former president george h.w. bush weighing in on his son's presidency in a new book. mincing no words about george w. bush's rhetoric after 9/11, and airing his feelings about former vice president dick cheney and former defense secretary donald rumsfeld. all of it coming right in the middle of jeb bush's struggling run for the presidency. andrea mitchell has the fallout. >> reporter: father and son, both presidents, and now for the first time, the father is breaking his silence about some of the son's most trusted war advisors. slamming dick cheney as an iron-ass. donald rumsfeld as an arrogant fellow. >> i took it as a mark of pride. i was aggressive in defending, in carrying out what i thought were the right policies. >> reporter: a complicated family
drama now extending to the presidential hopes of another son jeb who talked about it today with nbc's kasie hunt. boy. his administration was thinking, his reaction to the attacks on 9/11. i think my dad, like a lot of people that loved george, want to try to create a george would say this was under my watch. i was commander in chief. >> reporter: tom brokaw talked to family friends. >> it was always an idea that it was a strained relationship, but '41 would not publically differ with his son. they are very close personally, if not politically. >> that's stark stuff. we never heard this from him before. he never said this in a public setting before. >> reporter: the elder bush criticized what he called his son's hot rhetoric this fateful phrase with iraq, iran and north korea. >> states like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil. >> reporter: rumsfeld
told nbc news bush '41 is getting up in years and misjudges bush '43, who i found made his own decisions. >> that is regrettable to say something like that. one thing about bush '41 is time passes, we appreciate him more and more. >> reporter: george w. about his father, but issued a statement have served with dick cheney and don rumsfeld. bush '43 fired rumsfeld and by the end of his presidency disassistant from cheney, perhaps knew best. the interviews with bush '41 began years ago. given the chance to elaborate recently, the elder bush indicated he would not change a word. >> now to the campaign trail. it comes with the territory. republican front-runner ben carson facing front-runner scrutiny over claims he made over historical events and events in his own past that are being called into question.
chris jansing has all nut developments. >> reporter: ben carson on top of the polls and under scrutiny. sticking to a story that contradicts what school children around the world are taught, that egyptians built the pyramids as burial tombs for their pharaohs. >> my own personal theory is that joseph built the pyramids in order to store grain. >> reporter: carson first made that claim about the old testament's joseph 17 years ago. do you still believe joseph built the pyramids to store grain? >> i think that's a plausible explanation to how they got built. >> reporter: scientifically possible? >> it's a plausible personal belief. >> reporter: last night on facebook, defending his lack of political experience, he wrote, every signer of the decoration of independence had no experience. >> that is totally not true. a lot of the signers had engaged in decades. >> reporter: late today, carson revived even the redemption story in his best-selling book is being questioned where
carson goes from a young man with a pathological temper who almost killed his best friend with a knife to devout christian. >> he's always been quite honest. he wasn't one to venture off and falsify a bunch of things. >> reporter: carson tells me, they just weren't there when it happened. and supporters waiting for hours at today's book signings aren't fazed. >> i don't see a problem. >> reporter: questionable statements haven't hurt carson in the past. >> a lot of people who go into prisson go straight and when they come out, they're gay. rip his campaign is so confidence in its base, evangelicals and women over 40, it's trying to win young black voters with a rap radio ad. targeting a group that other republicans have been unable to reach. and to those who still doubt the legitimacy of the carson campaign, the secret service opened up a personal protection detail for ben carson and donald trump. lester?
>> chris jansing, thanks very much. we want to show you intense video coming out of ft. worth, texas, showing a possible tornado ripping the whole roof off a large building there. there are reports of debris in the road though. there is no word of any injuries. a number of tornado watches and storm warnings are in effect this evening in the plains. 16 million people on alert for severe storms tonight. the plot thickens in the shocking case of an illinois police officer who authorities say staged his own suicide. part of an elaborate plan to make it look like he was murdered. it happened after investigators say he had been stealing for years. turns out there is a lot more to the story. revelations that the officer was involved in an alleged murder for hire plot before his death. >> reporter: among the tens of thousands of text messages recovered from his cell phone, one seeking introduction to a motorcycle gang member. >> a hit on the
village manager. >> reporter: investigators say he feared exposure by village administrator. in june he texted he thought through many scenarios from planning things to the volo bog, a wildlife reserve. >> it's quite unbelievable and almost surreal. >> reporter: the disclosure gliniewicz was exploiting the police with the youth explorers program he ran is reverberating. for the first time ever the 100 club of chicago which supports families of first responders killed in the line of duty wants $15,000. >> it's important the people that support this organization know that we are doing the right thing. >> motorola is giving a $50,000 reward to the explorers program to help replace the funds lost. after hearing the news, jack cancelled a friday fund-raiser for
the family and tore up all the checks he collected. >> so many good police officers out there. nowadays, the police are getting such a bad rap, we don't need this. >> reporter: the event was scheduled at the high school gliniewicz attended. the community is in shock over the loss of a hero. there is a lot more to tell but tonight. no need to go under the knife. a very different kind of weight loss pill, one you only take once, showing big promise for drastically shedding pounds. how it works. fascinating stuff. also the state trooper who went above and beyond. a call of duty for four kids in their greatest t this guy from engineering says directv is so advanced that you could put tvs anywhere without looking at cable wires and boxes in every room. how are they always one step ahead of us? well, because their technology is far superior. or because they have someone on the inside. is that right, gil? sir, i would never... he's with them! he's wearing a wire. take off his shirt! take off his shirt!
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grandmother raced to their side. >> that was my goal to keep their mind occupied. i wouldn't let any conversation die. >> reporter: the next day once they were told about the accident, bradley started an online family's expenses. it's already raised more than $300,000. >> i love him. i thank him because he is family now. >> reporter: at just 25 years old, bradley has no children of his own, but tonight, as one family grieves, they are all so grateful. >> he's like a brother. >> reporter: that a trooper went above and beyond the call of duty. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, newborn, georgia. >> truly one of georgia's finest. a good man. that will do it for us a on this thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc
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